Coney Island ampitheater features new roof

July 31, 2009

The iconic Coney Island has been through its share of troubles, but a $47 million, 8,000-seat amphitheater designed by Grimshaw Architects, New York, N.Y., could help bring more people to the famous location. The theater will feature a 5,400m2 roof made of steel and translucent fiberglass lit up by strobe lights. Marty Markowitz, president of …

The future of smart materials

July 29, 2009

Sustainable materials expert Blaine Brownell discusses possible futures for textile-based architecture. By Mason Riddle “Within this exploding environment of new materials, I quickly realized how limited the architect’s palette is” states Blaine Brownell, recounting his epiphany a few years ago after working as a practicing architect. “We architects simply have to get smarter.” Given such …

ARA Rental Show to return to New Orleans

July 28, 2009

The American Rental Association (ARA) announced its 2012 Rental Show will be held in New Orleans instead of the initial location of Atlanta. The move was prompted by ARA members who requested the change after the 2007 Rental Show was moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The show, which has not been held in New …

Wimbledon’s new retractable roof lets the match continue

July 27, 2009

By Abbie Yarger Throughout the world, sports venues are being built or remodeled to include retractable roofs. In areas where bad weather can cause delays that disappoint fans and players alike, these roofs allow games to continue. That’s why the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) wanted a retractable roof for the Wimbledon Centre Court …

Geosynthetics revive Irish bog

July 22, 2009

Geosynthetics-lined ‘floating trail’ protects and displays rejuvenated blanket bog at Cuilcagh By Shelby Gonzalez Introduction: Bringing a bog back to life In the late 1980s, the blanket bog on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, was in bad shape. Years of overgrazing, mechanized peat harvesting, and other mistreatment had damaged the …

Fabric trends webinar to examine new applications for fabric

July 21, 2009

The Event Marketing Institute will hold a webinar titled “Fabric Trends: New Materials & New Apps for a New Look” on Friday, July 24. The webinar will feature event professionals discussing the role of functional fabric in event design with an emphasis on new fabric materials, fabric graphics and fabric structures.

Showrooms benefit upholstery businesses

July 20, 2009

Showrooms prove profitable and satisfying additions to upholstery businesses. By Andrea Swensson As with any business, there comes a point in the lifespan of an upholstery shop when the inevitable question arises: What can we do to grow our business? For many upholsterers, expanding their workshop to include a showroom is a seemingly obvious next …

SCORE to recognize first-ever SCORE Awards winners

SCORE has announced the winners of the first-ever SCORE Awards, which recognize achievement in America’s small businesses. Winners will receive their awards at a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, September 17 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit for more information and a list of winners.

Two Netherlands universities receive solar cell research subsidies

July 17, 2009

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, are to receive a 1.2 million euro subsidy as part of the Joint Solar Programme (JSP) to reduce the costs of solar energy by increasing solar cell efficiency. The subsidy was awarded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and …

Teijin Limited updates BIOFRONTâ„¢ bioplastic

July 16, 2009

Teijin Limited, Osaka, Japan, improved BIOFRONT™ bioplastic by increasing its resistance to hydrolytic degradation to at least 10 times that of commercial bioplastic. Now, the bioplastic is almost as durable as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Visit for more information.